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Memphis 2018 Betting Odds
- To win the National Title: +100000
- To win the AAC: +250
- To win the AAC West: N/A
- Win Total: 8.5 (over -110, under -120)
All lines taken from 5Dimes on July 23. Always shop for the best line.
Memphis 2018 Schedule, Betting Odds
The Action Network Projected Wins: 9.0
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Memphis to win the AAC +250
Division odds have yet to be released by any sportsbook, but I would put money down on Memphis to win the West. Despite ranking 114th in returning production, the AAC schedule is very kind as the Tigers visit East Carolina, Navy, Tulane and SMU. Those four opponents place in the bottom half of my AAC power rankings. Memphis also draws UConn at home, making this one of the easiest conference schedules in the nation.
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Houston will provide a challenge for the division, but it must visit Memphis to end the season. Houston must also face South Florida and travel to Temple.
The biggest concern for the Tigers is at quarterback. Neither Brady White nor David Moore secured the position during spring practice and one of them will need to fill the void left by Paxton Lynch and Riley Ferguson. Keep tabs on fall camp and the opener against Mercer.
I not only expect Memphis to make the AAC Championship but to host it at the Liberty Bowl. The AAC is up for grabs and a home victory by the Tigers over UCF on Oct. 13 would clear a path for the title game to come to Memphis. Taking +235 on the home favorite on eight days’ rest would make a great position at the end of the season.
What else you need to know about Memphis
Game of the year numbers can be found at multiple books, and Memphis +2.5 is offered in its Oct. 13 game with Central Florida. Memphis has a relatively easy schedule leading up to the game (Mercer, Navy, Georgia State, South Alabama, Tulane) while UCF has a tougher slate that includes three Power 5 teams (North Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Pittsburgh).
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Consequently, it would not be a shock if Central Florida takes a loss (or two) early and Memphis is favored in its home stadium mid-October.